Subhas Sarkar launches Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar – Education News

Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar launched the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar (SVP) 2021 – 2022 virtually while emphasizing the importance of water sanitation, and hygiene and the role these factors play in determining the health of the students, attendance, dropout rate, and learning outcomes. He added that having the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools secures a healthy school environment and protects children from illness and exclusion.

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Explaining further, the Minister of state highlighted that the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar recognizes, inspires and awards schools that have undertaken exemplary work in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene while also providing a benchmark and a roadmap for schools to make further improvements in future.

The Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar was first distributed by the Department of School Education and Literacy, in 2016-17 to create self-motivation and awareness about sanitation. All categories of schools, that is, government, government aided and private schools in both rural and urban areas can participate in the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2021-22.

The participating schools will be assessed via an online portal and mobile app in 6 sub categories where the system will generate their overall score and rating automatically. These sub-categories are: Water, Sanitation, Hand Washing with soap, Operation and Maintenance, behavior change and capacity building and the newly added category on COVID-19 preparedness and response.

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